I’m not interested in racing as a sport. I also have no desire to ever race a vehicle in real life. The components of a car are equally uninteresting to me. Does the car go fast? Yes? Great. That’s all I need to know.
When I play a racing game, what I want is white-knuckle craziness, which is what appeals to me about rally racing. Rally is insane.
The best kind of rally is the basic point to point time trial through wildly varying environments. You start off on a dusty mountain cliff and the next thing you know you’ve gone through a forest and are now ripping up the roads along the beach. The terrain is uneven and unforgiving. The roads widen and thin. Hairpin turns appear unexpectedly, keeping you on high alert the entire time. It’s you versus the road.
That said, I’m really looking forward to DiRT 2, which is coming out in September 2009. I played through the career mode in DiRT 1 and enjoyed it immensely. I have a few concerns about DiRT 2 though. I’ve heard that they have included more closed-circuit races. That’s not what I want, as stated above. The first DiRT game would have been perfect if it completely got rid of all the closed-circuit and endurance races.
Anyways, I hope DiRT 2 delivers and I guess I’ll be reinstalling the original DiRT until DiRT 2 comes out!